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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Terrific Tuesday

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant is amazing!  I love Morris, he is himself, he knows what he likes and he sticks to it.  "...so Morris built his own." is the best line of all.  The others don't want to include him because of his preferences, so he builds his own spaceship and wears the dress anyway, and clicks in the shoes.  Morris is my hero. "This boy does." Second best line - EVER!
The illustrations were done in charcoal, watercolor, pastel and Adobe Photoshop. They are mostly muted colors so the orange tangerine can stand out so well.  I love how the tangerine dress kind of floats in and out.  You can almost hear it crinkle.  Another aspect of this story that is marvelous is there is no adult interruption or interference.  Morris works it out with their acceptance of his choices.  And the children come around as the example is shown.
I'll use this with PreK to 3rd grade.  This is a title that is a must have in any library.

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